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  • Hope for the Resurrection of Our Bodies
    on April 9, 2021

    In this last year we've all been reminded of our mortality as the COVID-19 pandemic has swept over the world. But as part of the Body of Christ, there is a hope that awaits our mortal bodies, and to see it, we need look no further than this Sunday's readings!

  • Blessed Are the Believers
    on April 2, 2021

    In this Divine Mercy Sunday's Gospel, John presents two encounters of the Apostle Thomas coming to embrace the Good News and believe. Let us put ourselves into the Scripture, remembering we have all experienced "doubting-Thomas" moments.

  • It’s a Game Changer
    on March 26, 2021

    When Jesus was transfigured before his disciples’ eyes, he stood before them. Now that he has risen from the dead his resurrected presence is within them! This is not something that comes as the result of a request, it is simply a gift.

  • A Call Away from Indifference
    on March 19, 2021

    The inconvenience, discomfort, sadness, and pain we may feel if we open our hearts and pay attention to what is happening in and to the world around us are the only real antidote to indifference, because those feelings should call us to action.

  • Spiritual and Religious
    on March 12, 2021

    The truly spiritual person will follow Jesus even to the cross. The person with genuine insight into spiritual matters realizes that Jesus cannot be separated from his cross nor can eternal life be separated from death to self.

  • A Promise of Healing and Salvation
    on March 5, 2021

    We know that we all have a “rebellious lower nature” inside of us, an instinctual impulse towards mediocrity, hedonistic pleasure, self-justification, etc. When we give ourselves the chance, we recognize that our character flaws control us more than we prefer.

  • Freedom in God’s Commands
    on February 26, 2021

    In this culture of faux freedoms, God is calling us back to Himself. We are free to choose to follow Him or not, but we are not free to choose the consequence of that choice. Only in choosing to follow Christ do our hearts find the answer to our deepest longings.

  • See, then Show
    on February 19, 2021

    Peter, James, and John were witnesses to God's glory. A witness is one who first sees, then shows. Jesus had asked them to hold everything they had witnessed in their hearts until the appropriate time to show.

  • Adjust to Scarcity
    on February 12, 2021

    Lent invites us into the desert. As the Spirit drove Jesus into the desert, so the Spirit drives us into that same place of peace filled scarcity. We live a simpler, more reflective life hoping to confront the demons that bind us to our weakness and imperfections.

  • Profound Healing
    on February 5, 2021

    According to Leviticus, skin diseases, as well as scars and burns, render persons unclean. What is at stake here is the question of contagion and the health of the community. Because of their condition, the sick person was ostracized from the community.

  • Overcoming the Drudgery of Life
    on January 29, 2021

    Life becomes nothing but drudgery when we lose our sense of purpose and meaning. Through prayer, we’re reminded of our identity as baptized believers with a mission to spread the good news of God’s love.

  • A Tranquil Soul
    on January 22, 2021

    The tranquil soul is one free of the anxieties described by St. Paul and the unclean spirits described in the Gospel. But this tranquility of soul is not a cheap quality; it must be earned through daily disciplines of prayer, fasting, and repentance.

  • Trust in Following God
    on January 15, 2021

    Sometimes it’s easy to want to know what will happen next. It helps us feel in control. The readings this weekend invite us to a different path, however, one where we are invited to say “yes” to the One who loves us, even if we don’t know all the answers.

  • The Role of Invitation in Evangelization
    on January 8, 2021

    Andrew's willingness to evangelize brought Peter to become a disciple of the Lord. Andrew's love for Peter moved him to share the truth and joy he had found. How blessed to have someone care enough to step out in faith and share the life found only in Jesus.

  • An Exhortation: Choose to Live Like Christ
    on January 1, 2021

    It is through our baptisms that we are gifted with the direction and purpose we need to be productive stewards and faithful Christians. It is not only about eternal salvation. In baptism, we receive what we need to fulfill our purpose and labor for the kingdom of God.

  • A Journey of Faith
    on December 25, 2020

    While the visit of the magi, representing the nations of the world, is a sign that the salvation offered by the newborn King is for all times and peoples, theologians also saw the magi’s journey as a symbol of conversion and the journey of faith that each of us is traveling.

  • A HIDDEN LIFE OF STRENGTH, WISDOM, GRACE
    on December 18, 2020

    The Holy Family is the model for a Christian family. It was in this simple home that Jesus, our Savior, grew into the man who would save the world. It was in the humble surroundings of his home life that this great man spent most of his life on earth.

  • The Greatest Mystery
    on December 11, 2020

    During these last few days of Advent, we are invited into the heart of the Christian faith, a profound and challenging mystery so simple in its outward manifestation that it is easily overlooked and so unfathomable in its depths that it cannot be comprehended by the rational mind.

  • In Need of a Savior
    on December 4, 2020

    If the Messiah has come for the broken, the poor, the oppressed, the captive, the ones in need of vindication, do we see with clarity our deep need for a Savior? Are we utterly convinced of our own poverty of spirit, imprisonment by sin and desires of this world, and brokenness of heart?

  • How Do You Prepare the Way?
    on November 27, 2020

    Advent is God's gift to us, our time for preparation. Christmas is not merely a reminder and a celebration of Jesus' first coming as an infant to Mary in Bethlehem but a reminder that he will come again.

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